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Uncommon Scenes in Paleo-Art by Tomozaurus Uncommon Scenes in Paleo-Art by Tomozaurus
Something that we concocted over at Hell Creek ([link]). The idea was to come up with scenes or actions from the modern natural world that aren't often depicted in Paleo art.

So, I then decided on my own to do some sketches of most of them and this is the result: a sketch-dump of extinct animals (predominantly dinosaurs) doing some interesting little things.

1. Suggested by MMartiniuk: "Pterosaurs burying their eggs like sea turtles." Featuring my first ever full body reconstruction of a pterosaur (it isn't a particular species, just a generic Azhdarchid). Let me know if it's any good ^^

2. Suggested by Ferahgo as: "a small cool-climate theropod (something from the Jehol biota maybe?) licking moisture off an icicle." Featuring an adorable Sinosauropteryx prima catching water drops from a frozen ginkgo branch.

3. Suggested by albertonykus as "Hadrosaurs owning things " the specifically by Tyrannotitan as "Tenontosaurus pwning Deinonychus". Featuring Tenontosaurus tilletti and Deinonychus antirrhopus.

4. Again suggested by Ferahgo as "large predatory dinosaurs combing for very small animals, like frogs or early mammals." Featuring a Gorgosaurus libratus combing a slow river for frogs and turtles, the latter of which it has just uncovered.

5. Suggested by Stewmorg as "a(n) unamed Mosasaurid attacking a herd of 'Anatotitan'." Featuring Thespesius occidentalis Anatosaurus annectus and a generic mosasaurid.

6. Suggested by Naraoia as "...rarely depicted birdy behaviours... dust-bathing and anting?" Featuring Sinovenator changii.

7. Again suggested by Stewmorg as "dinosaur when their drinking always seem to be lapping like mammals. why don't they draw it likes the different ways birds drink," but lots of people suggested "everyday animal activities" and drinking came up a couple of times. Featured is Tianyulong confuciusi drinking like a ratite does.

All people mentioned appear with their Hell Creek usernames for simplicity's sake.

There were also a couple of non-vertebrate suggestions but I skipped them due to my crappyness at drawing backgrounds. Additionally there were several suggestions of different birdy behaviors for maniraptors which I will be doing, so expect a "bird behavior in maniraptors" sketch dump eventually.
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CJCroen Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
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megabass22 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
These are unusually seen, yes. All of these probably happened sooner or later, 160 million years is a long time. Tenontosaurus would obviously have won sometimes, having a not-being-murdered picture of Tenontosaurus is unusual in its own right aswell :D
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brolyeuphyfusion9500 Featured By Owner May 4, 2013
I always thought that dinosaurs scooped the water with their mouths when drinking...
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ZEGH8578 Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012
I find all these interesting and plausible, and the idea as a whole is also good. The only one I am sceptical to, is a Mosasaur attacking a terrestrial dinosaur. Mosasaurs aren't crocodiles, and unless a white shark is kept in a tank, with conveniently placed pets by the tank edge, it's very unlikely oceanic predators will ever get a good bite off a terrestrial animal :D
Even geographically, it would require a landscape that is extremely deep, but right next to shore, allowing the Mosasaur the ability to dive, propell itself, and shoot up of the water - and even then, twist to the side in order to drag the dinosaur with it. Such an attack would be so rare (likely never) that it's highly doubtful a Mosasaur would even think of doing it - much more likely ignore any animal out of reach, up on dry ground.

But like I said, otherwise these are quite good ideas. I love trying to find less common depictions of dinosaurs. I especially enjoy #4, it is VERY unrepresented in paleo art!
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for the compliments.
As I said in another comment, the idea here was that the hadrosaur was crossing a channel and the mosasaur grabbed hold of it as it moved past. In the illustration the mosasaur is not propelling itself from the water, but is being pulled out by the dinosaur.
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JWArtwork Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're good and I think these are awesome scenes (especially 1 and 2 ;))! How about Sinosauropteryx being dragged into the water by an Ikechosaurus:?
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Sweet. It's always cool to see dinosaurs act like real animals.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks, indeed it is.
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TheMorlock Featured By Owner May 25, 2012  Student General Artist
Also: GO TENONTOSAURUS!!!
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Julio-Lacerda Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Thaaat is SO cool.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Student General Artist
Cheers!
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RobbieSKatz Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011
It doesn't get better than #3.
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tuomaskoivurinne Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Damn, I had forgotten that I'm registered in Hell Creek forum as well!
Some interesting ideas here... would it be terrible thing to actually use these ideas somewhere?
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:icontomozaurus:
Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
Well, now you remember :)
Not at all.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
They are all nice and interesting scenes.. the mosasaurid one sounds a little unlikely though.. reminds me a little bit of this [link]
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Thanks. I agree that the mosasaur is probably not overly likely, but it isn't impossible. The way I figure it is a hungry mosasaur moves up a river in search of food, hadrosaur wades through, mosasaur sees the leg and instinctively clamps down on it, hadrosaur bolts and drags it from the water with it.
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Rodrigo-Vega Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Professional General Artist
Or much more likely, a hadrosaur just swimming short distances across the sea from island to island looking for food, or eating seaweeds in the beach or something like that.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2011  Student General Artist
Yes, that would work just as well/better.
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Brad-ysaurus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Could mosasaurids rear up out of the water like that? How do extant orcas do it?
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
It is actually being pulled up out of the water by the Thespesius, no jumping out. I'm not sure if they would be capable of propelling out of the water. Perhaps they could use thee tails to do so like a crocodile?
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EWilloughby Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I especially love the dust-bathing Sinovenator - too cute. Looks like a chicken.
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah, it's pretty cute :D
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Zimices Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist
Very interesting, specially the azhdarchid. But one question: Thespesius is valid?
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
I am going with the idea that there is only one species of Lancian hadrosaur (and all current species are ontegenetic stages of that species) and the oldest name for this species is Thespesius occidentalis.
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Everything you've uploaded to dA stemming from Hell Creek has been quite interesting. xD
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triggamafia Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Maybe it's a sign that you should get more active? :P
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DeinonychusEmpire Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes... But for me it's difficult to get involved with more than one or two forums at a time. xD
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vasix Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Allosaurus eating a crocodilian? Largish goniopholis-grade croc, or a teenage T.rex trying to kill a croc like Brachychampsa or a lizard like Ployglyphanodon, Chamops or Paleosaniwa? Troodon pack vs. Paleosanwia? Estesia against adult Protoceratops? Or Estesia fighting a Velociraptor?
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Nice ideas. Maybe on the next one (if there is one).
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vasix Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks! Heh-heh-heh! :D
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RickRaptor105 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Anything involving Estesia would be awesome :D
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vasix Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Given that it isn't always represented, yes, Estesia would be cool in battle.
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pilsator Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very cool!
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amorousdino Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
I so wanna draw one of these scenes =D

I have a drawing of a baby T-rex trying to catch a butterfly ;) Is that weird enough, lol?
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Yeah, that's a nice idea ;)
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amorousdino Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2011  Student General Artist
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Sinande Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
You rock! :D Also, epic tail-smack is epic.

(BTW, this is Naraoia here :wave:)
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Hey there. Thanks! Yeah, I don't think that Deinonychus will be getting up any time soon (or ever).
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Albertonykus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
Fantastic! We're going to have to suggest more things then... XD
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
I suppose so. XD
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stewmorg Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011
congrats tomo,
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Tomozaurus Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2011  Student General Artist
Haha. Thanks.
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